Color Stamping on Dark Cardstock

Hi! There is something very striking about a colorful stamped image on a dark background. Today I share a few ways to achieve that look…


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There are many ways to add colorful stamping to a dark notecard. Here are a few of my favorites.

(1.) Stamping Colored Dye Ink Over White Pigment Ink

To create a colorful image that appears to glow on a dark background, simply stamp first with white pigment ink… then again on top of it with a colored dye ink. (You could use pigment ink, too.) I did this for the trees from the WPlus9 SSS Holiday Trimmings Stamp Set. Isn’t that Simon Says Stamp Lucky green ink gorgeous on top of the Hero Arts Unicorn White? This works great with any solid image.


For the card above, I used the Simon Says Stamp Navy Cardstock. This technique also works well on a Hero Arts Kraft notecard. (I really like using Kraft paper for holiday cards. The texture is lovely!) The sentiment “Hello, Friend” is from the adorable WPlus9 Forest Friends Stamp Set.


(2.) Colored pencil Over White Pigment Ink

For even more impact, try adding colored pencil over a white-pigment-ink stamped image. I did this for the trees in this example. I adore this look!



Many gel pens work well to show color on dark cardstocks. For this card, I used a red gel pen for the ornaments. (You could do an entire image with gel pens – just stamp and trace. There are many gel pens available, but THIS is a great set.)


(4.) Colored EMBOSSING

For really vibrant colors on dark cardstock, it is best to use colored opaque embossing powder. I used red heat embossing and a Quickie Glue Pen for the red ornaments on this card. I could have used green heat embossing for the trees for even more impact!


On each of the card backgrounds, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Background with white pigment ink… and sprayed a few mists of my Shimmer Spritz for sparkle.

And by the way… that WPlus9 SSS Holiday Trimmings Stamp Set is a limited-time-only product. If you love it as much as I do, you better hurry!

I hope you will try one of the techniques. See you soon! I have some fun things coming up.


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